November 11th, 2012


Lascaux Cave Art Design

I'd been waiting to have the right concept for a stunning piece of Yellowstone agate. When Beth Zipser saw it she saw the Lascaux caves and their drawings. The Lascaux paintings are art I knew well and loved.

Lascaux (Lascaux Caves) is the setting of a complex of caves in southwestern France famous for its Paleolithic cave paintings . The original caves are located near the village of Montignac, They contain some of the best-known Upper Paleolithic art. These paintings are estimated to be 17,300 years old. They primarily consist of images of large animals, most of which are known from fossil evidence to have lived in the area at the time... Wikipedia

Given the scale of the pendant, I chose to do fine line drawings on the "cave" wall including a mammoth and a great elk. I looked at endless Lascaux drawings before I made my choices.

The drawings are too fine to really show up in the photograph but I think the photo still gives a good sense of the design.

Mood: Intense